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Turkmen Cultural Identity

Turkmen cultural identity Turkmenistan is a place of collisions. Modern man colliding with ancient nomads, Turks colliding with Turks, Russians colliding with Turks, clashes with Persia, the constant struggle for survival in a terrifying desert, “democracy” butting up against ethnic … Continue reading

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Turkmenistan

Desert nomads I’m going to talk about “Turkestan” again today, the larger area of Central Asia, divided up by Stalin, of which Turkmenistan is a big part. The whole nomad existence is something I would like to know more about. … Continue reading

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Turkmenistan: Niyazov

Niyazov I skipped a day yesterday. I was too exhausted, and too obsessed with the amazing election results, to delve into Mr. Turkmenbashi’s madness. But here goes. Saparmurat Niyazov is the president of Turkmenistan. One of his primary goals (well, … Continue reading

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Turkmenistan Again

All of the “stans” were not known as nations during their heyday in the middle ages. People were identified with the oasis they lived in: Samarkand, Bukhara, Tashkent, whatever. The area was inhabited by Turkic people (which comprises many many … Continue reading

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Turkmenistan

Intro Turkemenistan, through the ages, has been known by many different names. The Persians, in the 3rd century, called it Turkestan. This name is still used in some of the books I have read. To describe the entire area. The … Continue reading

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